Author Leslie Bulion teams with illustrator Leslie Evans to celebrate sea creatures and their fare in this award-winning volume of witty science poetry. A teacher favorite!
“Beguiling lines should spark readers’ interest in poetry and marine biology alike.” ―Publishers Weekly
What’s on the menu for undersea creatures? Bulion’s clever collection of poems describes the devious and surprising methods ocean denizens use to forage for food, capture prey, and trick predators. Poems bobble and swim effortlessly from page to page, leading readers from the snail shell home of the jeweled anemone crab to a raft of violet snails hanging upside down in their bubble houses.
The book also features rich back matter, including science notes with details about each animal’s behavior, a glossary, and poetry notes explaining the types and forms of poems that appear on each spread. Leslie Evans’s striking linoleum prints round out this title, which is perfect for cross-curricular learning.
“This gathering of humorous poetry and fascinating facts should be welcomed as a companion to Bulion and Evans’ previous collaboration, Hey There, Stink Bug! (2006) —even the surprise among the school of krill on the endpapers will make readers smile.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Beguiling lines should spark readers’ interest in poetry and marine biology alike” ―Publishers Weekly
“The attractive design features appealing colors and block-print illustration” ―School Library Journal
“Poetry and prose describe various fascinating creatures. Hand-colored block prints enliven each page. Includes glossary, sources, and information about the poetic forms.” ―Bank Street College of Education
“Light and humorous overall, the collection employs a variety of poetic techniques and forms…Leslie Evans’ hand-colored block prints are a striking complement to the text.” ―Parents’ Choice
Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2011
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2012
Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2012
Eureka! Gold Nonfiction Children’s Book Award ―California Reading Association, 2011
Young Adult Top Forty ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 2012
AR Level: 6.3
Themes: Exploration, Marine Life, Poetry, Science
BISAC 1: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 2: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
BISAC 3: JNF003120 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.